Xavier Lewis has become the focus of the up-and-coming R&B world in the last few years having appeared on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, America’s Got Talent and touring across Europe. This soulful approach to R&B, with the ironically named title of his first LP, shows his wicked sense of humour and ability to communicate fantastic music.
Acoustically guitar driven, longing love song ‘Dear Shadai’ is the perfect beginning to any essential R&B album. Reminiscent of Ne-Yo, Lewis cements himself as a serious rhythm and blues player in this first track, with charismatic harmony between simple guitar, drums, bass and his smooth, almost jazz-like vocals. ‘Georgia Clay’, the second track is punchier, funkier and no doubt a fans favourite. Floating backing vocals lay the foundation, with layers of twisting electric guitar before the melodic vocals hit you in the face with a damn good dose of funk and soul.
Whilst ‘Georgia Clay’ is the track of choice on this album, the others by no means play second fiddle to it. Cover to cover each track holds its own and has a rightful place on the LP, bringing elements of Lewis’ widespread talent to the table. ‘I Know I’m In Love’ is a powerful ballad, cutting right to the core and with vocal riffs that remind you of caramel – why not reload it?
In the final track of the album ‘Somebody’s Baby’ we are introduced to the dancier, almost Vegas-like club anthem that wouldn’t go amiss in The Hangover. With lyrics like ‘she’s gotta be somebody’s baby because she’s so fine – hey ho’ and ‘let me take you to the VIP’ – you get the idea.
It’s fair to say the hype around Xavier Lewis is not unjustified.